Trade Policy & Agreements

A general view of a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Hawassa, southern Ethiopia on Oct. 1, 2019.

Don’t Remove Ethiopia’s AGOA Trade Privileges

The Biden administration has threatened to end Addis Ababa’s eligibility under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Doing so would hurt the poor the most.

The container ship Ever Given arrives at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands on July 29.

Biden’s Vague Muddle of a Trade Policy for China

The administration should stop agonizing over Beijing and focus on trade with everyone else instead.

Angolan President Joao Lourenco shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2018.

China Is the Biggest Winner From Africa’s New Free Trade Bloc

AfCFTA was supposed to usher in a new era of continental trade and economic growth—but Beijing’s not letting that happen.

The MV Ever Given container ship sails in the Suez Canal

How the Red Sea Became a Trap

From piracy to the Ever Given, colonialism left hard scars.

A container ship sails on the Mediterranean Sea during a thunderstorm about 20 nautical miles from Malta on Sept. 24, 2017.

Free Trade Is Dead. Risky ‘Managed Trade’ Is Here.

The old trade order has gone out the window at breathtaking speed. What comes next is very slippery.

Biden tours Pfizer manufacturing plant

Bidenomics Is ‘America First’ With a Brain

Trump’s economic revolution is alive and well—and continuing in abler hands.


The Ever Given Crew Are Still Stuck at Sea

Here’s why and what their story means for other seafarers.

Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits Iowa state leaders and residents.

State Legislation Might Backfire on U.S.-China Relations

Beijing doesn’t understand local governments are independent of Washington.

A woman walks past electoral posters ahead of this weekend’s elections in Santiago, on May 12.

Chile’s New Founding Mothers

Chile prepares to elect constitutional authors with 50 percent being women, a global milestone.

EU Council staff members remove the United Kingdom’s flag from the European Council building in Brussels on Jan. 31, 2020.

Trade Deals Primarily Promote Stability, Not Trade

And the new agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union does the opposite.

The U.S. flag flies over a container ship.

To Save American Prosperity, Renew Fast Track

Sure, everybody’s a protectionist now. But there’s a way to both protect U.S. workers and support free trade.

Colombian Marine Infantry soldiers patrol the streets of Buenaventura, Colombia, on Feb. 10.

In Colombia, Free Trade Has Come With More Violence

Nearly a decade after signing a deal with the United States, the future in cities like Buenaventura looks worse and worse.

Soybeans are harvested

Big Agriculture Is Best

The United States’ industrialized food system moved millions of people out of poverty and is better for the environment, too.

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez (C), flanked by his Foreign Minister Antonio Rivas (L), and Finance Minister Benigno Lopez, delivers a speech during the first Mercosur Summit held via video conference due to the COVID-19 at the Central Bank headquarters in Asuncion, on July 2, 2020.

Latin America’s COVID-19 Fiasco Is Also a Crisis of Regional Integration

A spat at Mercosur’s 30th birthday marked a low point for regional cooperation.

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